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Thiruvananthapuram: Around 1200 buses are still lying idle in workshops across the state when the government is undertaking a slew of measures to help improve Kerala State Road Transport Corporation's (KSRTC) financial situation.
According to the KSRTC management, the lacklustre approach from the mechanical section is the sole reason for the delay in repair works. As a result, many buses are not hitting the road. The government can get an additional revenue of Rs 25 crore per month if 800 buses hit the road.
The management alleged that some are trying to disrupt them from implementing the single-duty system. KSRTC management has already informed the Kerala Government that they could not shift to a single-duty system and adopt new service schedules unless more buses are made available at their disposal.
Earlier, the state government permitted KSRTC to continue using 247 buses that surpassed 15 years of service. However, many of these buses that ended service last March are now facing spare parts shortages. At the same time, the mechanical section handed over bills indicating they had already bought spare parts. Management also suspects that fake bills were produced to hide the truth that they have been using scraped parts from discarded buses.
In 2017, Ashok Leyland stopped issuing spare parts after KSRTC failed to pay bills. Following this, spare parts started to be bought through local purchases.